This course discusses the national resources to support energy efficiency in small commercial buildings. It looks at success stories of energy efficient historic windows, and transforming historic windows in high performance projects. Finally, it looks at the cost, ROI, and carbon implications of existing window enhancements.
This course will provide a brief background on sustainability and why Sweden is so ambitious with their LEED projects and sustainable designs. It will also look at how to build energy efficient building with a good indoor environmental quality. Finally, this course will wrap up with a “dummy guide” to LEED Platinum.
This course talks about the driver towards healthier buildings through a landmark study. The study investigated the impact of building design, construction and operations on the health and wellness of building occupants. Trends within the building industry are discussed, and this course covers some strategies that are effective in creating healthier buildings.
This course looks at the sustainability standards for the Starwood hotel brands. It looks at different green trends that are being seen in the hospitality market. It also looks at areas that can be improved for a better, more efficient performance in hotels. This course helps to open the dialogue with your clients and elevate the green thinking on your projects.
This course opens up the conversation on green building codes vs LEED and how they compare on different levels. It helps to provide the learner with a good understanding what has been done to make green building codes happen, and to help you understand what your role can be to help adopt green building codes. By comparing and contrasting LEED vs IgCC, the advantages and challenges are reviewed during a panel discussion.
This course looks at the trends in the “new workplace”, while connecting the “green” and “productive”. It looks at the power of productivity in the workplace, through measurement and reporting. Finally, it looks at an Autodesk case study.
Buildings don’t use energy, people use energy, and that is where we need to focus. This course will focus design commissioning and the commissioning of technological building systems. While moving towards net-zero energy, it is important to look at what are occupant effects and how we can maintain it.
This course will talk about storytelling and share some stories of sustainable communities. The ability to tell a story and make a difference is very important, and this course looks at why and how stories can be effective. A group of speakers will tell their stories about sustainability.
The Lloyd District in Portland, Oregon saw its peak in the 60’s, but is surrounded by very affluent communities. This presentation discusses the strategies being implemented to revitalize this area into a 24-hour community and EcoDistrict. The main focus is the sophisticated water treatment infrastructure that is on-site and integrated into the streetscape. See site plans, schematics and strategies for incorporating this on-site system sized for housing, retail and office tenants. Learn how the system saved the city over $1.3 million because of reduced capacity needs, and what the anticipated payback is for such a sophisticated system.
Schools represent a great potential market for retrofit projects. There is an estimated $127 million backlog of maintenance in U.S. schools. Many school buildings are over 40 years old. Research shows that building shape, depth, and indoor environmental quality variables all impact student learning, attendance and health. Post Occupancy Evaluations do not have to be performed by consultants. Carnegie Mellon University created an online assessment tool that educates and empowers teachers and administrators to do their own post-occupancy evaluations on indoor environmental factors such as air quality, lighting quality, thermal comfort, acoustics and spatial quality. Teachers are advocates for learning and these metrics also impact the quality of their work, attendance and health. Learn more about the IEQ assessment tool to determine how to start the conversation in your districts, and what the information can do to improve environmental quality for your local schools.